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Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA
Hopsecutioner brewed by Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA
If you love hops, this killer IPA delivers! Hopsecutioner earns its name by
using six different types of hops giving it a fresh citrus and pine hop nose
with a beautifully bitter finish. A strong malt back bone keeps this
aggressive IPA well balanced. This IPA is made for hop lovers a you may lose
your hop head over this one! Hopsecutioner is brewed with five hop
varieties—Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo—and dry-hopped
with Cascades, which provide it with that characteristic American IPA hop
aroma. The malts in Hopsecutioner include Victory, Pale Crystal, Munich,
and 2-Row pale malts. Style: American IPA. ABV: 7.30%. IBU: 78.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate:
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber with about 2-fingers of tan head. Nice
retention as it leaves some soapy bubbles around and a foamy cap. The lacing is
pretty good as well.
Aroma - Although the hops do impart the traditional grapefruit and citrus
aromas, the nose is also full of floral and spicy notes as well. Also, this has
a strong malt backbone that lends it some caramel and toffee and even a hint of
burnt brown sugar.
Taste - The taste follows the path the nose blazed, with a strong orange and
pine flavor. This citrus starts early and lasts well into the finish.
Complementing the hops are the bready malts, which are out in full force again.
I feel they help the overall profile of the beer rather than hinder it, and that
sugar note is here again.
Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium- to heavy-bodied with zesty carbonation. Slick
and oily full of hop resin, which leave a sticky feeling on the palate.
Overall - Drinkability is high. As a self-proclaimed hop head and lover of West
Coast-style IPAs, I typically prefer hop-bills that aren't as strong in my IPAs,
but Terrapin really puts together something tasty here. Very drinkable for the
ABV as well.
Terrapin Beer Company
Terrapin Beer Company was founded by Brian "Spike" Buckowski and John Cochran.
The two men actually wanted to develop their own brewery, in 1998, before they
had their own beer. After finally developing a beer the two were contemplating
names when Buckowski, a Grateful Dead fan, mentioned Terrapin. The name comes
from "Terrapin Station," which is a Grateful Dead album. After three years of
talking to bankers and investors to no avail, Spike and John realized the only
way to start Terrapin Beer Company was to begin as a contract brewery.
It released its first beer, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, in Spring 2002 at the
Classic City Brewfest. Six months later this beer, which was sold only in
Athens, Georgia, was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great
American Beer Festival. With demand for Terrapin growing daily, the Rye Pale Ale
was soon made available to beer fans in Atlanta, Georgia as well. Soon after,
Terrapin was chosen by producers of "Blue Ribbon" on Turner South to be featured
on a TV special about breweries in the South. The viewers of this show voted
Terrapin as the Best Brewery in the Southeast by an overwhelming margin of 72%.
When a Georgia state law capping beers at 6% alcohol was overturned in 2004,
Spike and John turned their attention to creating a line of seasonal beers that
pushed the envelope of traditional brewing. It was this desire to challenge the
palates of beer drinkers everywhere that led to the creation of the Monster Beer
Tour. The seasonal brews consist of Big Hoppy Monster, Wake-n-Bake Coffee
Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Rye Squared, and All-American Imperial Pilsner.
Terrapin's brewery in Athens, GA is and open for tours. Located at 265 Newton
Bridge Rd. in Athens, GA, the new brewery is 45,000 square feet. Tours are
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 5:30-7:30.